BEIRUT: Calm was restored to the Jnah area where violent confrontations broke out between protesters and Amal Movement supporters earlier Friday on the 100th day of Lebanon’s nationwide antigovernment protests.
Local media reported that protesters had been chased and beaten in front of the Council of the South building by “partisan groups” carrying sticks.
According to the reports, security forces were absent from the scene when the dispute happened. It was reported that the Lebanese Army arrived later on to diffuse the situation.
“They beat me with a stick and my head is wounded,” a driver of a bus that had been smashed said during a televised interview. Video footage showed the shattered windshields of dozens of cars in the area after the incident.
Another protester said that while people were running towards safety, she heard an assailant say “I have orders to shoot you.”
Amal Movement sources told LBCI that the incident did not involve “any party decision.”
This is not the first time Amal supporters have been accused of attacking protesters. Throughout the nationwide protests, Amal and Hezbollah supporters have repeatedly ransacked tents and beaten protesters.
Meanwhile, Protesters have called for Lebanese to gather in Tripoli’s Al Nour Square at 5 p.m. under the slogan “100 day of thawra – No trust in the government.”
Many in Tripoli were also headed towards Beirut for protests set to take off in the evening in front of Parliament in rejection of the new government which was formed Tuesday evening.
Friday marked the 100th day since mass protests first erupted against political corruption and a deteriorating economic situation in Lebanon.